The Committee affords students rights that are guaranteed by federal and state constitutions and statutes, and expects that students will assume various responsibilities in connection with these rights.
Among these rights and responsibilities are the following:
- Civil rights including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination; the responsibility not to discriminate against others.
- The right to attend public schools; the responsibility for attending school regularly, academic honesty, appropriate appearance, and positive behavior.
- The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion, and decisions the student believes injure his/her rights.
- The right to free inquiry and expression; responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights.
- The right to privacy, which includes privacy with respect to the student’s school records.
As part of the educational process, the Committee believes that students should be made aware of their legal rights as well as the legal authority of the Committee to make, and delegate authority to its staff to make, rules regarding orderly operation of the schools.
Students have the right to know the standards of behavior that are expected of them, and consequences of misbehavior; therefore, the rights and responsibilities of students, including standards of conduct, will be made available to students and their parents through handbooks approved by the Committee and distributed annually.
MSC first vote: 10/28/14
MSC second vote: 11/18/14